Oh hell- 41!!! How is that possible? How on earth have I been pottering my way around this mad world of ours for 41 years!!
It’s funny really- I had no issues or hang ups with turning 40. In fact, I could go as far as to say it has been my favourite age so far by a long way!! 41 though- that feels odd. I keep wondering if I should invest in some high neck lines and skirts that never venture above mid-calf?? Is this official middle age now? Do I have to start acting my age? And if so- how do I do that? And why, do I feel more like a teenager now, than I ever did when I was a teenager? All I did then was sit in my bedroom with the curtains closed, reading non-stop!? Rather like my own teenager does now actually…ummmm.
It is traditional with birthday blogs’ to look back at the past years achievements, – I guess we all do this in an attempt to feel as if we haven’t wasted a year on housework, and make getting another year older feel justified rather than a disaster!- So let’s give it a go!
Well- it has been quite a 12 months for me!! My recent nomination as Best Author at the ETO awards was definitely one of the most rewarding moments. It was an experience I will never forget- made all the better for being able to share the experience with my writing partner in crime and close friend, Kd Grace.
But what about the books- the actual reason I’m here- have I produced enough of those in the last twelve months?
My gorgeously kinky courier novel, Not Her Type: Erotic Adventures With A Delivery Man was re-released by 1001 Nights Press as an e-book, and in beautiful paperback! As you’ll know if you read my blog regularly, I have a major soft spot for this novella, and to have it available now in paperback form is a dream come true.
One of the most exciting things that happened since I turned 40, was Xcite asking me to turn my BDSM novel, The Perfect Submissive into a trilogy. You may well have heard the shouts of YIPPEE resounding from the South of England as I yelled with glee the day the contract was confirmed!!! Consequently, I have spent a good part of the last six months writing the sequel to the adventures of Jess Sanders, Miss Sarah and Mrs Peters. Entitled The Retreat, Part 2 of The Perfect Submissive Trilogy will be hitting the world in October- so if you haven’t read part one yet- now’s a good time to have a gander!!
To pop the cherry onto that particular cupcake, The Perfect Submissive Trilogy has now got beautiful classy new covers- check these babies out!!
If you add to that, all the wonderful guest bloggers I’ve had visit my site, all the bloggers who have been kind enough to invite to their sites, and the wonderfully kind reviews I’ve received for my work, then my achievements over the last twelve months don’t look too feeble after all do they?
But hang on… that isn’t quite all- for since I reached the BIG 40, three other important events have occurred in my writing life- first I became a Brit Babe!!! One of 8 erotica writers who are very proud to have put together a combined library of all our work, so that our readers are able to find a large quantity of quality erotica in one place- so much easier than trawling through Amazon in the hope of finding a new author that might be good- but might not!!
And of course, I had my recent interview in the popular Woman’s Own magazine too!!
Then last- but not least- and we have breaking news here dear readers! I am proud to be able to announce that I am no longer just writing under the name Kay Jaybee!! From the end of August this year, you’ll be able to read the very first contemporary romance by Jenny Kane- yep- that’s me too!!!
I’ll bring you more details nearer the time- but suffice it to say that I am very excited about the arrival of ‘Another Cup Of Coffee’ onto the world’s book shelves…If you want to follow me as @JennyKaneAuthor on Twitter then please do!!
Well, I’ve just read this blog back through. I guess I haven’t done too bad over the last year- 2 novels, 1 novella- not to mention the 4 anthologies that I have new short stories in. Then it won’t be long until the Christmas anthology I’m working on now is complete, and the two new novels that I have lined up to write before I’m 42 will need plotting out…!!
That’s not too shabby is it!
I’m off to eat some birthday cake!! And maybe pop some balloons- because, I think I might just leave off being a grown up until I’m 42- or maybe 43…